“The blessed Dominic recommended some form of study
to the first nuns as an authentic observance of the Order…
The nuns are to be instructed particularly in the Sacred Scriptures,
in which they can contemplate the mystery of salvation…”
– From the Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers
Part of the formation of our young sisters is to participate in a more formal course of study sponsored by the Association of Nuns of the Order of Preachers of North America. Sisters of most Dominican monasteries in North America (including the monasteries of the United States, Canada and Trinidad) who have professed temporary vows are eligible to participate in the four-year course of studies. The program is coordinated by a committee of nuns from various monasteries and assisted by the friar professors from the four Provinces in the United States . Each year, the participating sisters gather for two weeks at a hosting monastery (currently, Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, NJ).
Our own Sr. Mary Isabel is taking part in the current four-year course and so has been in Summit, NJ this week (and will be there next week as well). While we miss her here, we are so excited for her continued formation and studies, and for this opportunity for her to meet and get to know other sisters from our monasteries around North America.